Spring has officially sprung, and the Queen City is bursting with colorful blooms. Places like Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens are great to visit anytime of year. At springtime, homeowners across Charlotte open their private gardens for guests to tour as well. Get inspiration for your own personal garden — or just get out and enjoy the pleasant springtime weather — on one of these local garden tours.
Wing Haven Garden Tour Sip & See
April 28 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
This kickoff event for the 29th annual Gardeners’ Garden Tour includes a wine tasting, a hosted garden conversation and live music. Tickets are $75 for members and $95 for nonmembers and include a ticket to the tour, which takes place April 29-30. 248 Ridgewood Ave., winghavengardens.org
Gardeners Garden Tour
April 29-30 | Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m
Tour four private gardens — three are in Elizabeth, one is in Eastover — and enjoy open visitation at Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary. Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased online, at Wing Have or at Blackhawk Hardware & Garden Center. Day of tickets are $35. Rain or shine, and tickets are nonrefundable. winghavengardens.org
Plaza Midwood Home and Garden Tour
May 5-6 | Friday 6-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This year’s tour includes 10 locations highlighting the historic neighborhood’s eclectic mix of homes. Food and drink samples will be available, and Charlotte Joy Rides will offer electric bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online. plazamidwood.org
Art in the Garden Tour
May 6-7 | Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m
Tour six private gardens in Elizabeth, Eastover, First Ward and Montclaire and shop for outdoor decor, plein-air paintings and ceramic pieces at this annual event from the Charlotte Garden Club. Tickets are $20 for club or Mint Museum members, $30 general admission. Children 17 and under are free. charlottegardenclub.com
The Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward
May 20-21 | noon to 4 p.m.
Historic Fourth Ward’s annual spring tour includes food and cocktail tasting at gardens and restaurants along the way. Day-specific tickets are $30, or a weekend flex ticket is $40. fourthwardclt.org
featured image of The Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward by Austin Caine